I have never been one for using lotions much. Living in the mid-west, I did not tend towards dryness. I kept my skin moisturized with the daily practice of abhyanga. This practice uses less saturated fatty oils such as almond, sesame or jojoba. Now that I am in an arid climate and high altitude, my skin needs additional support. I do follow the practice of not putting anything on my body which I would not put in my mouth. Therefore, when a friend brought by some suet – which I rendered into tallow – the opportunity to create a homemade butter presented itself.
I had heard that tallow (which is rendered from fat of beef or mutton) is the closest to our natural sebum – the oils within our skin. It does feel fantastic but is a bit heavy and scented like a sweet beef broth. Thus the task of creating a mix to balance out the feel and smell of this wonderful fat.
Many times cocoa butter is used but this has a strong cocoa scent which may not blend well with the beefy scent of the tallow.
Another common option is shea butter but this too has an odor I’ve heard described as a smokey, earthy and nutty scent.
My friend introduced me to mango butter which has a mild sweet scent. This was my choice to blend with the tallow. Along with a less dense Almond oil or one could us a jojoba or other preferred more viscous oil. The emu oil is just such a beautiful oil, I want to use this everyday anyhow so it had to go in the mix. The vitamin E was added as a bit of a preservative.
Next, I needed to experiment to find essential oil scents to blend well with the fatty scents. I have found two options to date which seem to blend in well – given in recipe below. I had been forewarned to stay away from strong floral such as Ylang ylang. My husband has noted that the beefy scent dissipates over time as the body butter ages and you smell the essential oils more.
My body literally eats this stuff up so it doesn’t stay around too long! I’d love to hear what you experience.